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Novel strategies for an eco-friendly fight against
invasive insect pests in the EU

REACT aims to develop long-term environmentally friendly response strategies and novel sustainable tools to protect fruit and vegetable production and export capacities from two invasive insect pests of EU priority, Bactrocera dorsalis (Bd) and Bactrocera zonata (Bz).

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Project Duration

REACT is a 48 month project kicked-off in November 2022. Its work will span until October 2026

Project Partnership

REACT unites 15 partners from 12 countries and 3 continents

Project Objective

REACT aims to provide rapid pesticide-free pest control to protect ecosystems and biodiversity in the EU

Project Funding

REACT receives funding of 6.65 mil EUR from the European Union under its Horizon Europe framework

Project Milestones

2023
March 2023

M0.1 - Consortium agreement

M0.2 - Kick-off meeting (KOM)

June 2023

M6.1 - Relevance of selected list of parameters for socio-economic analysis for the project developed tools and strategies validated

M7.1 - Plan for dissemination & exploitation including communication developed

December 2023

M4.1 - Initial bioinformatic pipeline for WP4 generation of GSS in Cc developed

2024
February 2024

M2.1 - Amplicon sequencing pipeline developed and microbial profiles determined

April 2024

M1.1 - Sequencing for population diversity and microbiome studies completed

M2.2 - Acquisition of data for meta-analysis on ecological impacts of Bd and Bz conducted

M3.1 - Metablomics pipeline and male quality markers in Cc developed

M4.2 - Y chromosome targgeting develped and evaluated as proof-of-principle in Cc

M5.1 - Emergency-response rearing facility established and productivity assured

September 2024

M1.2 - Parameters for population dispersal studies collected

October 2024

M1.3 - Parameters for developing simulation models for Bd and Bz collected

M3.2 - FF interception protocol developed and evaluated

M5.2 - Area-tailored Cc containment strategy developed and validated

M7.2 - Reaching sufficient response and interest for the project (indicator values in DECP)

REACT is one of the projects of the EU's Farm to Fork strategy

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